Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

VOICES, PLACES by David Mason
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Attached to the notion that all places are stories and all stories places, Mason, at his best, draws an illuminating literary cartography with many fascinating ports of call."
A combination of penetrating considerations of renowned and out-of-fashion poets and keen appreciations of the interplay of landscape and culture. Read full book review >
TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Moving and deeply personal, Corrigan's portraits of love and loss urge readers to speak more carefully and hold on tighter to the people they love."
Ruminations about the power of 12 of life's essential phrases and the difficulty in learning to say them out loud. Read full book review >

THE RUIN OF KASCH by Roberto Calasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Challenging, erudite, and unsettling observations on civilization and its plethora of discontents."
A fragmented, meditative inquiry into sacrifice, revolution, and modernity. Read full book review >
LATE ESSAYS by J.M. Coetzee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Thought-provoking essays that offer more than mere opinion, as the author plumbs the writers' philosophical and psychological depths."
Nobel and Booker Prize winner Coetzee (The Schooldays of Jesus, 2017, etc.) offers another collection of reflective and erudite essays on a variety of poets and novelists. Read full book review >
THE ART OF MYSTERY by Maud Casey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"For Casey, the search is the thing, whether as a writer or reader. This slim but astute volume is an inducement both to read more deeply and to head for ever more unchartered, frozen, mysterious waters."
Not whodunit, but why and how it works. Read full book review >

TIME OF GRATITUDE by Gennady  Aygi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A well-chosen introduction to the artistic and spiritual forces that shaped a poet."
Warmth and passion infuse a collection of poetry and prose. Read full book review >
NO TIME TO SPARE by Ursula K. Le Guin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Thoughtful musings from a deft and sharply insightful writer."
Spirited, wry reflections on aging, literature, and America's moral life. Read full book review >
THE LAST DRAFT by Sandra Scofield
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Patience and commitment, this useful guide reveals, are a writer's strongest assets."
An award-winning fiction writer and teacher shares hard-won advice. Read full book review >
ANYONE WHO'S ANYONE by George  Wayne
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"At times fascinating, the interviews offer a casual, unguarded look at some of the most high-profile personalities of the past 30 years."
A career-spanning collection of the writer's celebrity interviews. Read full book review >
CUBA ON THE VERGE by Leila Guerriero
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An affecting portrait of a country that is awash in poverty, sadness, and uncertainty."
Cuba is on the verge…but of what? Read full book review >
WHY COMICS? by Hillary L. Chute
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For anyone who wants a crash course in contemporary comics, or wants to teach one, this is your book."
A comprehensive, critically incisive survey of comics in contemporary culture. Read full book review >
GLOBAL DISCONTENTS by Noam Chomsky
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Well-informed salvos to please or enrage, depending on one's politics."
The well-known left-wing intellectual holds forth on global developments of the past five years, from Edward Snowden's disclosures on government surveillance to Donald Trump's efforts to "make America great again." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >